Resident International Grant

The AAD provides funding for 15 U.S. and Canadian senior dermatology residents to participate in a four- to six-week elective in Gaborone, Botswana, where participants rotate between the Princess Marina Hospital, in conjunction with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI). Residents take part in dermatologic HIV care for both children and adults, and visit outreach sites in Francistown and Southern Botswana.

The grant gives residents an opportunity to learn about the care of tropical and HIV-related dermatologic conditions as well as how to practice routine dermatology with finite resources. Residents are expected to prepare lectures and presentations, develop a database of photos, submit teledermatology consults, and present reports of their activities to the Academy and their home programs.

Grant recipients receive a stipend for accommodations, board, and insurance. The Academy covers airfare to Botswana.

Application materials:

  • Letter of support from program director or department chair.
    Note: Letter(s) must be addressed to the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee and be attached to the online application.
  • 500-word (or less) expression of interest that includes how you feel you will be able to contribute to the host site.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae.


To be considered for 2016 grants for rotations taking place between July-December, submit your application by Sept. 30, 2015. Grants received after September 30 will be considered for the following year’s application cycle.

NOTE: This program has two application cycles. For applications submitted by April 1, travel rotations will occur January–June of the following year. For applications submitted by September 30, travel rotations will occur July–December of the following year.

Contact Janine Mueller at or (847) 240-1737.


Additional resources


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